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Old 11-21-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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I am looking for some design ideas. We have a fine second story deck planked with Brazilian Tigerwood. Under a section of this deck is a ground level patio with our Hot Tub / Spa. The problem that I am trying to solve is water dripping from the upper deck (rain/snow/ice) onto the Hot Tub. Any under-deck water deflecting solution would tend to build up with ice during the winter, unless I add roof heating cable. We also like the appearance of the stained beams and deck planking when viewed from the Hot Tub. We don't want a roof over the upper deck, nor do we particularly want to floor-over that section of the upper deck. Any ideas would be welcome!

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Old 11-21-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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Ayuh,... Sounds like ya want yer Cake, 'n eat it too....

Either the water has to be diverted, or gravity takes over,... Period....

Move the hot tub maybe....

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The only solution you didn't discard is caulking all the cracks in the deck. And that is very poor solution that might not even work.
You need a roof of some sort.
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You didn't mention location, just that you do have a rain/snow/ice situation at times. I visit the Atlanta, Ga. area often as my sister/B-I-L live in the area. They are realtor's so I have visited many homes in the northern Atlanta area for sale which do have the second story decks and lower floor decks. One thing I have noticed up there is some type of product which goes underneath the decking to catch any rain/water, is slightly sloped to provide run-off, and guttering to divert this run-off away from the lower patio. The bottom of this product comes in different colors and patterns. I have seen many hot tubs on the patios underneath these second story decks. They do get some, occasional freezing up there during the winter months. Maybe do a "Google" search for this product line.
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Hey , what about putting some tempered glass panels , I've seen those in Mexico
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They sell clear wavy panels at home improvement store that can be installed so as to shed water while maintaing a view of the underside of the deck. You just need to improvise a support mechanism.
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They sell clear wavy panels at home improvement store that can be installed so as to shed water while maintaing a view of the underside of the deck. You just need to improvise a support mechanism.
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Thatís a good idea Ron, and itís probably cheaper than tempered glass panels. As far as the support mechanism goes I think that easiest way would be to rip some matching boards..so there is a slope ..attach them to the existing joist in the same direction ...stain match and attach panels over it.

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